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Home Movies: Season 4: Episode 13 -- Brendon, Jason and Melissa find their unfinished first film, and new endings are tested on Addleburg, Fenton, Walter and Perry -- a rather hostile focus group. Coach McGuirk helps Paula pick out and assemble an extremely large backyard grill


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26 April 1999 (USA) See more »
Brendon Small, an ambitious eight-year-old filmmaker, shoots movies in his basement with his two best friends, while coming to terms with adolescence, life, and relationships. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 23)
Brendon Small ... Brendon Small / ... (52 episodes, 1999-2004)

H. Jon Benjamin ... Jason Penopolis / ... (52 episodes, 1999-2004)
Melissa Bardin Galsky ... Melissa Robbins / ... (52 episodes, 1999-2004)

Ron Lynch ... Ronald Lynch (50 episodes, 1999-2004)

Janine Ditullio ... Paula Small / ... (47 episodes, 2001-2004)

Series Directed by
Loren Bouchard (52 episodes, 1999-2004)
Series Writing credits
Loren Bouchard (52 episodes, 1999-2004)
Bill Braudis (52 episodes, 1999-2004)
Brendon Small (52 episodes, 1999-2004)
H. Jon Benjamin (49 episodes, 1999-2004)
Melissa Bardin Galsky (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Janine Ditullio (7 episodes, 2001)
Paula Poundstone (5 episodes, 1999)
Holly Schlesinger (4 episodes, 1999)
Mitch Hedberg (2 episodes, 1999)

Series Produced by
Loren Bouchard .... executive producer / producer (52 episodes, 1999-2004)
Tom Snyder .... executive producer (52 episodes, 1999-2004)
Bonnie Burns .... executive producer (46 episodes, 1999-2004)
Niki Hebert .... coordinating producer (46 episodes, 1999-2004)
Mary Catherine Micka .... executive producer (46 episodes, 1999-2004)
H. Jon Benjamin .... producer (34 episodes, 2002-2004)
Melissa Bardin Galsky .... producer / associate producer (30 episodes, 1999-2004)
Carl W. Adams .... co-executive producer / producer (24 episodes, 2002-2004)
Brendon Small .... executive producer / co-executive producer (13 episodes, 2003-2004)
Jack Ferraiolo .... producer (11 episodes, 2003-2004)

Linda Simensky .... executive producer: Cartoon Network (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Loren Bouchard (52 episodes, 1999-2004)
Brendon Small (50 episodes, 1999-2004)
Series Film Editing by
Jonas Cox (22 episodes, 2001-2004)
Rishava Green (20 episodes, 2001-2002)
Damon Wong (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Chris Georgenes (4 episodes, 1999-2002)

Jack Ferraiolo (unknown episodes)
Will Shepard (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Aya Fukuda (47 episodes, 2001-2004)
Chris Georgenes (6 episodes, 1999-2002)
Series Production Management
Khaki Jones .... executive in charge of programming: Cartoon Network / executive in charge of production: Cartoon Network (28 episodes, 2002-2004)
Linda Simensky .... executive in charge of programming: Cartoon Network / executive in charge of production: Cartoon Network (28 episodes, 2002-2004)
Holly Schlesinger .... production manager (8 episodes, 2001)
Marx Chusid .... general manager (2 episodes, 2003-2004)
Marc Chusid .... general manager (2 episodes, 2004)
Series Art Department
Chris Georgenes .... art / art creator / ... (37 episodes, 1999-2004)
Andre Lyman .... art / art creator / ... (37 episodes, 1999-2004)
Kim O'Neil .... art / art creator / ... (37 episodes, 1999-2004)
David SanAngelo .... storyboard artist / assistant art director (18 episodes, 2001-2004)
Alan Foreman .... storyboard artist (13 episodes, 2002-2004)
Jamielyn Mosca .... storyboard artist (10 episodes, 2003-2004)
Phil Andrews .... storyboard artist (9 episodes, 2004)
Damon Wong .... storyboard artist (7 episodes, 2003-2004)
Amanda Lattrell .... storyboard artist (4 episodes, 2004)
Lauren Harman .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2004)
Mark Hoffmann .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2004)
Jamie Maxfield .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2004)
Justin Simonich .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2004)
Kaydi Terwilliger .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2004)
Series Sound Department
Jack Ferraiolo .... audio editor / assistant audio editor (42 episodes, 1999-2004)
Carl W. Adams .... director of audio (40 episodes, 2001-2004)
Aidas Kupcinskas .... audio engineer (40 episodes, 2001-2004)
Patrick Downie .... audio editor / dialogue editor (27 episodes, 2001-2003)
Will Shepard .... audio editor / assistant audio editor (14 episodes, 2002-2004)
Adam Mutterperl .... audio engineer (13 episodes, 1999-2002)
Loren Bouchard .... audio editor (9 episodes, 1999-2001)
Adam Simha .... audio editor (6 episodes, 2002)
Holly Schlesinger .... assistant audio editor (3 episodes, 1999)
Ben Zelevansky .... assistant audio editor (3 episodes, 1999)

Melissa A. Boles .... intern (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Jonas Cox .... video editor (1 episode, 2004)
Series Animation Department
Dave 'Pops' Tata .... animator (35 episodes, 1999-2004)
Damon Wong .... animator (34 episodes, 1999-2004)
David SanAngelo .... animator (32 episodes, 2001-2004)
Fatimah Ibrahim .... animator (28 episodes, 1999-2004)
Mark Usher .... animator (26 episodes, 2001-2004)
Kaydi Terwilliger .... animator (22 episodes, 2001-2003)
Cory Mitchell .... animator (22 episodes, 2002-2004)
Laura Kozuh .... animator (18 episodes, 2002-2004)
Kerry Dwyer .... animator (17 episodes, 1999-2002)
Phil Andrews .... animator (16 episodes, 2001-2004)
Mark Hoffmann .... animator (16 episodes, 2002-2004)
Amy MacDonald .... animator (16 episodes, 2002-2004)
Stephen Rogan .... animator (16 episodes, 2002-2004)
Brian Cerasuolo .... animator (15 episodes, 2002)
Alan Foreman .... animator (13 episodes, 2002-2004)
Jamielyn Mosca .... animator (13 episodes, 2002-2004)
Dee Boyd .... animator (12 episodes, 1999-2002)
Andre Lyman .... animator / animation director / ... (10 episodes, 1999-2004)
Lauren Harman .... animator (10 episodes, 2003-2004)
Kim O'Neil .... animator / character designer (9 episodes, 1999-2004)
Tim Finn .... animator (8 episodes, 2002)
Nikolay Nachev .... animator (7 episodes, 2004)
Justin Joseph Murphy .... animator (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Rishava Green .... animator (6 episodes, 2002)
Chris Georgenes .... animator / character designer (5 episodes, 1999)
Anouck Iyer .... animator (5 episodes, 1999)
Lauren Bergholm .... animator (5 episodes, 2003-2004)
Justin Simonich .... animator (5 episodes, 2003-2004)
Mary Crane .... animator (4 episodes, 1999)
Mark Heng .... animator (4 episodes, 2001)
Aya Fukuda .... animator (3 episodes, 1999-2002)
Sean Hagan .... animator (3 episodes, 2002)
Jamie Maxfield .... animator (3 episodes, 2003-2004)
Jen Hill .... animator (3 episodes, 2004)
Richard Luongo .... animator (2 episodes, 1999)
Sandy Kim .... animator (2 episodes, 2001)
Howard Nager .... animator (2 episodes, 2001)
Amanda Lattrell .... animator (2 episodes, 2003-2004)
Series Editorial Department
Andre Lyman .... director of animation and video / director of video / ... (41 episodes, 1999-2004)
Jonas Cox .... post-production director / editor: video (26 episodes, 2002-2004)
Ivan Rhudick .... post-production director / managing video editor (15 episodes, 1999-2002)
Damon Wong .... additional video editor / editor: video (2 episodes, 1999-2001)
Oona Flaherty .... assistant video editor / editor: video (2 episodes, 1999)
Series Music Department
Loren Bouchard .... composer: theme music / music writer (52 episodes, 1999-2004)
Brendon Small .... composer: theme music / music writer (52 episodes, 1999-2004)
Series Other crew
Jody Snider .... director of new business / business development (52 episodes, 1999-2004)
Nancy Csaplar .... business affairs (32 episodes, 2001-2002)
Melissa Bardin Galsky .... creative consultant (22 episodes, 2002-2004)
Elizabeth Benjes .... business manager / business affairs / ... (11 episodes, 2003-2004)
Bill Braudis .... executive story editor (11 episodes, 2003-2004)
Anthony Black .... intern (10 episodes, 2002)
Leslie Morgan .... intern (10 episodes, 2002)
Doug Cabot .... intern (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Marc Chusid .... general manager (7 episodes, 2004)
Melissa Carrelli .... intern (6 episodes, 2002)
Perry Lubin .... intern (6 episodes, 2003-2004)
Khaki Jones .... executive in charge of programming: Cartoon Network (5 episodes, 2002-2004)
Linda Simensky .... executive in charge of programming: Cartoon Network (5 episodes, 2002-2004)
Kayla Franklin .... intern (5 episodes, 2003-2004)
Holly Schlesinger .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1999)
Tim Snyder .... intern (4 episodes, 2002)
Melissa A. Boles .... intern (2 episodes, 2001)
David Zackin .... intern (2 episodes, 2002)
Andre Lyman .... director: video (2 episodes, 2003-2004)
Mike Annear .... intern (2 episodes, 2004)

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Also Known As:
30 min | Germany:22 min (13 episodes) | USA:22 min (52 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Australia:M (some episodes) | Australia:PG (some episodes) | Canada:14A (DVD rating) | Canada:16+ (TV rating) | Canada:18+ (TV re-rating) | Canada:PG (some episodes) | USA:TV-PG

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Josie Small is voiced by series co-creator Loren Bouchard. According to crew commentary the majority of her "lines" were taken from an extended recording of Bouchard making random gibberish noises.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the third season episode titled "Broken Dreams", the lifeguard calls Mr. Lynch "Donald Lynch". In the same episode, the name "Ronald Lynch" appears printed on Mr. Lynch's personal check (stolen by McGuirk).See more »
Jason:[into a walkie-talkie] Look, I'm just happy everybody's safe. Safety is the most important thing in the world.
Coach McGuirk:Brendan! Make this kid stop talking through that thing before I break it.
Jason:Brendan... make this guy kiss my ass, and then put on some deodorant... because of the stink coming from him.
[McGuirk smashes the walkie-talkie]
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31 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
If Oscar Wilde and Woody Allen made music videos with "Flash" animation, the results might resemble "Home Movies", 8 October 2005
Author: lemon_magic from Wavy Wheat, Nebraska

I came late to "Home Movies" - I never saw the UPN season because I don't pay any attention to network television. And I knew (somehow) that it was in "Squigglevision", which was one aspect of "Dr Katz" which I really didn't care for. However, I happened to catch a couple of episodes on the "Adult Swim" segment of the Cartoon Network a year ago and was instantly charmed by the quirky humor, whimsical plotting, and brilliant voice work by an (obviously) skeleton cast and crew and have spent the last few months catching up on the backlog via reruns on Cartoon Network and the collected DVD reissues of Seasons 1 and 2.

Folks, this is brilliant stuff which will sink right into your cortex if you give it half a chance. Saying that it's about an eight year old who make movies with his friends in his basement just doesn't do it justice. "Home Movies" is an elusive blend of Oscar Wilde style "comedy of manners", deadpan pop culture lampoon, childhood memoir, character study and multi-part acapella choir. It almost always manages to sustain a certain wistful, tender attitude towards its characters even in the middle of some truly hilarious dialog exchanges and slapstick physical comedy. That's not an easy thing to do.

About the actual animation: Season 1 is indeed cursed with "Squigglevision", a truly annoying design choice, but the eye eventually accepts it and gets on with enjoying the proceedings. And fortunately, by Season 2 the creators decided just to go with straightforward "Flash" style animation, and the remaining episodes are much easier to watch. The animation never rises above the level of "barebones minimalism", but it is effectively harnessed in service to the story and voice work. In fact, if you pay attention you soon realize that the artwork is quite sophisticated in terms of storyboards and layouts - the "camera" zooms and pans and sets establishing shots and even manages some moments of delicate mood and beauty. For comparison think of the old cheaply made "Hanna Barbera" cartoons from the 70's, 80's and 90's ("Yogi Bear", "Flintstones" after the first season, cookie cutter crap like "Wacky Races" and "Josie and the Pussycats"). In terms of storytelling sophistication and care, this animation style compared to that is like London Broil compared to a Big Mac.

My favorite episodes (that I've seen) are probably "Bye Bye Greasy" and "The Art Of The Sucker Punch", and "Marbles and Mortgages", which contain a mix of parody, slapstick, and character study which many full blown feature comedy movie releases can't match. Watch these episodes carefully (especially the parts where H. Jon Benjamin's "Coach McGuirk" is involved), and you will see an awesome mastery of comedic timing and superb delivery that Woody Allen might envy. It's not so much that the writing is tight (though it is inspired) - rather, the whole thing has a loose, improvised, inspired feel, where even the dead ends and misfires are used as a springboard for further hijinks and blandishments.

I don't know how well Small and his group of creators would have done with furthur episodes if "Home Movies" had gone past the fourth season. This kind of inspired inanity can have a very short "shelf life" as the pressure of constantly coming up with fresh scripts and performances weigh upon the creators. But man, while these guys were in the groove, they were GOOD. I plan to get the Season 3 collection as soon as it comes out, and will relish completing the viewing of every episode there-in. My thanks to Small and his co-creators for a wonderful series that has given me many hours of pure delight.

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